A worm is a worm is a worm. Or not! You may not have thought about it, but there are lots of types of worms out there. Here at Uncle Jim’s Worm Farm, we sell three main types of worms: Red Wigglers for composting; Super Reds for composting, releasing into the soil and fishing; and live Mealworms for animal feed. How do you choose which type of worm to buy? Well, it depends on what you want do with them.
Choose Red Wigglers for Composting
If you are composting, you should be thinking about buying Uncle Jim’s Red Wigglers. Red wigglers are Uncle Jim’s flagship worm–a small but mighty powerhouse when it comes to chewing through your compostable waste. Red wigglers are only about 1-3 inches long and the diameter of a pencil lead, but they can easily turn piles of vegetable scraps into excellent garden fertilizer.
Red Wigglers don’t tend to dig deep–they are adapted to chewing up vegetable matter and animal manure in the top layer of soil. So being in a compost bin where their bedding and food scraps are only a few inches deep doesn’t offend them. They are also right at home processing bedding and manure from herbivores, such as rabbits.
If you are composting indoors, Red Wigglers are highly recommended. If your compost bin or pile is outdoors, Red Wigglers are also superior; however, you may need to make a little extra effort to keep them healthy in extreme temperatures. This is because they stay in the top layer of soil. Red Wigglers are not able to survive extreme temperatures. So be sure you have some way to protect these mighty little composters from both intense heat and freezing cold. See tips for protecting composting worms from hot and cold. Worse case, they usually lay hearty eggs before snuffing out.
Red wigglers can be used for trout bait as well.
Choose Super Reds for Lawn Aeration, In-Garden Aeration and Composting, Outdoor Composting and Fishing
Super Red European Night Crawlers belong outside. They are treasured for their power to aerate and fertilize lawns and gardens. Some people elect to use Super Reds for outdoor composting because they can survive temperature extremes better than Red Wigglers.
Super Reds are the big brother to our Red Wigglers. They grow 4-5 inches long and are very active. They will work on compost, but their claim to fame is all those wonderful tunnels they make. They will burrow through many feet of soil, and these tunnels aerate your lawn and garden. They also generate and distribute their own natural fertilizer.
Because Super Reds move through more levels of soil than Red Wigglers, they are more resistant to heat and cold. In addition, European night crawlers breed quickly and make excellent fishing bait.
If fishing bait is your main reason for being interested in worms, have a look at our cupped bait. These 12-ounce cups of worms are all packed up and ready to be used or sold. They will last 3-5 weeks on the shelf with no refrigeration needed.
If you need worms for your lawn, garden, outdoor composter, or to use for fishing, then you should be looking at our Super Red European Night Crawlers.
Technically, mealworms are not really worms: they are the larvae stage of the Darkling Beetle.
High in protein and fat, mealworms are a favorite treat for birds and reptiles! Chickens and lizards love them. So if you are looking for treats for your feathered or scaled pet, you should consider Uncle Jim’s mealworms.
Unlike some other suppliers, Uncle Jim’s sells live mealworms, not dried ones. Depending on the level of moisture, feed and temperature, these mealworms can last up to nine months. We guarantee them to arrive alive, and we include simple instructions with each order.
Whether you need worms for indoor composting, outdoor garden use, fishing, or pet food, Uncle Jim has the worms for you! We’ve been breeding worms for more than 40 years, so we know our stuff! You can count on high-quality worms, guaranteed to arrive alive.